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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1947. General; The United Nations

United States interest in international economic collaboration for the expansion of world trade and employment: negotiations at Geneva leading to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and to the convening of the Havana conference,   pp. 909-1025 PDF (44.4 MB)

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560.AL/6-2047: Telegram
     The Consul at Geneva (Troutman) to the Secretary of State
 SECRET                               GENEVA, June 20, 1947-7 p. m.
   545. For Clayton and Nitze from Wilcox. Just received following
 letter from John J. Dedman, Minister of Reconstruction, Government
 of Australia and now head of Australian delegation ITO Conference:,
   "I understand that the wool bill has now been passed by both the
 House of Representatives and the Senate of the United States Con-
 gress and awaits consideration by the President.-
   While the Australian Government has no desire to intervene in a
matter which is essentially a domestic one, I feel that it is essential that
the U.S. Government should be aware that if this bill becomes law,,
every country concerned with the future of international trade will
find it necessary to review its position.
   It would appear to the Australian Government that the provisions
of the bill are inconsistent at least with the spirit of the mutual aid
agreement between the Australian and U.S. Governments,2 the under-
standing upon- which the current negotiations have been entered into
and possibly with the terms of the draft charter. It must therefore
cause us to doubt the capacity of the U.S. Government to make effective
the policy relating to international trade which its delegation has out-
line at this conference.
  Consequently, I feel it is important that you should be aware that
if the bill does become law, I shall find it necessary to move that the-
present conference at Geneva be adjourned for a sufficient time to
enable the United States and other governments represented here to-
review their policies in the light of what appear to us to be substantially
changed circumstances."   [Wilcox.]
  'On June 16, the House of Representatives accepted the wool bill by rejecting-
a motion to recommit the bill to conference 191-166, 72 not voting. The Senate-
on June 19, by a vote of 48-38, 9 not voting, also passed the conference
2 For text, see Department of State Executive Agreement Series No. 271, or
Stat. (pt. 2) 1608.
3 When the message arrived, Joseph Coppock, Economic Adviser of the Office
of International Trade Policy, was unable to reach Nitze, Wood, Thorp, Acheson,
or Marshall, and learned that Clayton was on his way to London. Coppock then
called Harold Stein, White House, and sent him a copy of the telegram. Stein
called back to isay that John Steelman, Assistant to the President, would
telegram to President's attention at appropriate time. (Telegram 2676 to
June 21, 560.AL/6-2047)

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